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GOODE veteran Chris Roberts named general manager

GOODE Skis has announced that Chris Roberts has been promoted to the position of general manager.

Chris started with GOODE on the manufacturing floor while in college, then putting his degree in business and finance to use in progressively more responsible roles in the company, including accounting and Human Resources.

“Chris has worked closely with Dave and me since 2006 and has an excellent understanding of our manufacturing processes, employee relations, sales and marketing direction, customer needs, and the financial aspects of our company,” said Dawn Goode, president of GOODE Skis. “Chris has shown great leadership abilities and business management skills during our transition period following Dave’s passing in January 2020. We are excited to welcome Chris in his new role as we move into 2021.”

For his part Chris, hopes to keep Dave’s legacy alive and continue to see GOODE grow and innovate.

“I hope to continue to build the GOODE brand with commitment to excellence and innovation and see all areas of the business get even better over time,” said Chris. “I also hope that Dave will continue to be honored and missed, but that we will be able to pick up where he left off and continue to see his dreams come to fruition.”

In his new role, Chris will be responsible for both the water and snow ski divisions, as well as general aspects of the company.

Announcing The Dave Goode Memorial Foundation

We are pleased to announce the launch of The Dave Goode Memorial Foundation.

The foundation will honor Dave’s memory and inspire the next generation of young water skiers, snow skiers and innovators by providing financial support for their passions, on and off the water and snow.

“Dave found joy in helping other people succeed, whether it was by offering them words of encouragement, or by providing them with equipment that helped them achieve new heights,” said Dawn Goode, Dave’s wife and executive director of the foundation. “He would be very happy to know that this foundation will ensure that his spirit of giving and achievement will continue to live on.”

Donations to the non-profit foundation are tax deductible and will be used to fund grants awarded through a process with clear objectives, timeframes and amounts that will be outlined in the future on the foundation’s website, SkiForDave.com.

Tragically, Dave died Jan. 15th while taking part in one of his many passions, piloting his airplane. Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance.

A quick friend and generous mentor, Dave will be remembered for his kindness and endless support to many.

Learn more more or donate today at SkiForDave.com.

Celebration of life event cancelled

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce that the January 9th Celebration of Life for Dave has been cancelled. Limits on gatherings and a continued rise in COVID cases in Utah mean that the event simply cannot go on.

Originally scheduled for March 14th, it was very disappointing to postpone the event due to COVID, but I held out hope that January 2021 would be safe enough for everyone to attend. I looked forward to a day that would have made Dave smile, including a skier parade down one of his favorite ski runs at Snowbasin Resort, and displays of successful products that he invented, manufactured, marketed and sold throughout his career. He started his company when he was just 19 years old and it evolved into the innovative, technologically-driven leader in the water ski and snow ski pole business that it is today.

However, we simply cannot meet in the current environment. While I would have greatly enjoyed celebrating Dave’s life with many of you in person, I am delighted to share with you a beautiful video (see above) made for the event by friends of ours. The video captures the joy that Dave lived his life with. The music is an original song called “More Love” written by Anna Wilson especially for Dave following the accident on January 15th, and was produced in Huntsville, Utah, by Anna and her husband Monty Powell. It’s a very special and heartfelt tribute to Dave and I thank Anna and Monty immensely.

Thank you for all the support you have given me and the company since Dave’s tragic passing. It has made an extremely difficult situation immeasurably more bearable.

With much gratitude to everyone,

Dawn

Q&A with Womens 5 National Champion Ann Hamilton

Ten GOODE skiers won slalom titles at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La.

One of those 10 skiers was Women’s 5 champ Ann Hamilton, who after skiing in numerous Nationals since 1992, claimed her first ever national title in a run off.

GOODE recently chatted with Ann about her big win, how she got involved in the sport and why she does it.

GOODE: How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
Ann: I began free skiing when I was eight with my family on public lakes. When I was in college at Baylor I had an O’Brien t-shirt and a guy approached me and asked if I wanted to join the Baylor Water Ski Team. I went to Ken White’s ski school the very next week for Spring Break 1983 and I was hooked!

GOODE: Where, and with whom, do you do most of your training?
Ann: At Austin Aquaplex with my husband, Mike Hamilton.

GOODE: Is this your first National title?
Ann: YES! Finally!

GOODE: How many Nationals have you previously attended?
Ann: Since my first nationals in 1992. George Lindy was my driver that day and we are still friends. At another Nationals in the 90s at West Palm Beach, Chuck Forrest sat beside me in a diner and noticed me slamming down my breakfast. He took note and helped me calm down. And then he came to see me ski. The LEGEND came to see Miss Nobody ski because he knew that I was so nervous. How cool is that!?

GOODE: How did you prepare for Nationals this year? Anything different than in the past?
Ann: This year, I knew I had a chance to medal. I had mentally blown it in years past. For the two weeks prior to Nationals I skied only one set per day and ran only three total passes: 28 off, 32 off and the mid loop 33.5 off. I’d just go pass one, pass two, pass three and get in the boat. I knew mid 35 off would either win or place, but I was ready to run the pass.

GOODE: Besides winning the National title, what are some other highlights in your skiing career?
Ann: Regional champion and medals many times. But the best highlights are being with the water ski community! I love our waterski family and love our Regionals and Nationals family reunions.

GOODE: What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Ann: It’s the physical exercise, fun, friends and mental toughness, but being a good sport is most important. I am happy to see others ski well.

GOODE: Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
Ann: No. 1 of course is my husband Mike, my dad, Ken White and too many water ski friends to name them all!

Regina going for Swiss Pro six-peat this weekend

The Swiss Pro Slalom will be held for the sixth time this coming Sunday, and Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess will be looking to win it for the sixth-straight time.

Of her five Swiss Pro titles, last year’s may have been the toughest for her to come by as it took two tiebreaks to edge Whitney McClintock in the final round. She had an easier time winning her 9th straight Malibu Open last month, running 39-1/2 off all four rounds, the only female competitor to run it even once over the weekend.

Additional Team GOODE skiers expected to be in the field Sunday are Adam Sedlmajer, fresh off his second-place finish two weeks ago at the Travers Grand Prix, Chelsea Mills, Thomas Degasperi, Alice Bagnoli, Dane Mechler and Ali Garcia.

The event will be webcast live beginning Sunday at 9 a.m. eastern time. More details at swissproslalom.com.

Regina wins 9th straight Malibu Open title

Regina Jaquess’ dominance over the Malibu Open, and really Women’s slalom in general, continued as she won her unprecedented 9th consecutive Malibu Open title Saturday at Trophy Lakes in Charleston, S.C.

The only female competitor to run 39-1/2 off the entire weekend, she did it all four rounds. To earn the win she defeated Manon Costard in the super finals with a score of 2 at 41 to Manon’s 3.5 at 38.

Four of the top-8 finishers in Women’s slalom rode GOODE skis as Karen Truelove (5th), Kassidy Hawkins (6th) and Ali Garcia (7th) put in strong showings. Karen’s first-round score of a half buoy at 39 set a pending U.S. Nationals Women’s 4 slalom record.

On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi advanced to the finals but unfortunately missed his gates at 39-1/2 to end up with a 4th-place finish. He put up very solid scores of 3 buoys at 41 off in each of the first two rounds, and did so again on his “provisional” pass in the finals, until his 39 gates were pulled.

Dane Mechler and Adam Sedlmajer each just missed out on the finals, finishing 6th and 7th, respectively.

For full results, click here.

The tournament was dedicated to the memory of Dave Goode, with Dawn Goode accepting a special award on behalf of the company for GOODE Skis’ long-time support of the Malibu Open.

 

Goode Ski Lake hosts first tournament of 2020

Laughs. Tears. Good stories. Great skiing. We had it all last week at Goode Ski Lake’s first tournament since Dave’s passing.

Click through the images above to see a few of the touching scenes.

Regina sets pending world overall record; Team GOODE racks up titles and podiums at Stillwaters and Hilltop

The pros were back on the water this weekend in two separate events and Team GOODE put on a show.

At the Stillwaters Pro Team Challenge in Oconomowoc, Wis., Regina Jaquess won titles in slalom, jumping and overall, setting a pending Women’s World Overall record in the process. She scored 2.5 buoys at 41 off, 8,420 point in tricks and jumped 180 feet for 4,234.6 overall points. If approved as a new world record, it will be the fifth time Regina has held the record.

Even after setting a pending world record, perhaps the most memorable thing Regina did over the weekend was muscling through a scrappy 39-off pass that has internet tongues wagging. To view the mind bending pass, click here or on the image above.

Joining Regina atop the slalom podium at Stillwaters was Team GOODE’s Daniel Odvarko. Daniel ran 1 buoy at 41 off to top second- and third-place finishers Nate Smith and Ryan Canepa, respectively. Felipe Miranda took home titles in Mens jumping and overall.

GOODE skiers also hit the podium at the Hilltop Pro Am in Arlington, Wash., as Chelsea Mills finished second and Elizabeth Montavon third. Jamie Bull earned the win.